Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Webinars, Webinars ... Everywhere You Look There is a Learning Opportunity

Are you interested in learning? How about learning genealogy and history related things?

Was that a yes I heard out there?

Well, for those that said yes there are a lot of opportunities out there on the internet. Some are for a fee but many of them are free. If you really like the webinars of a particular host or want to see an older, archived webinar the cost of membership is not very high for many of these webinar hosts.

Legacy Family Tree Webinars

Legacy Family Tree Webinars has released its 2015 webinar schedule. The webinars, mostly held at 2 p.m. on Wednesdays, are free to view live and for almost a week afterwards at which time they become accessible to webinar subscribers only. Some webinars are held on Friday and this year a few webinars will be held at night. Handouts are available only to webinar subscribers/members. Easy multiple-webinar sign-up at one time was added to the webinar registration system earlier this year. This greatly simplifies the registration process so don't forget to use it. Legacy webinar membership is $9.95/month or $49.95/year. (Note: If you view a webinar, there is often a discount code word which will get you 10 percent off items from the store, including webinar memberships.) Webinar members get an additional 5 percent off when signed-in.

Southern California Genealogical Society

The Southern California Genealogical Society (SCGS) has released its 2015 webinar schedule. The webinars, held the first Saturday and third Monday of the month, are free to live viewers and handouts are included. After the live webinar, only SCGS members can view the archived webinars. SCGS membership is $35/year and includes other benefits.

Illinois State Genealogical Society

The Illinois State Genealogical Society has released its 2015 webinar schedule.  The webinars are held the second Tuesday of the month at 9 p.m. ET and are free to live viewers and handouts are included. After the live webinar, only ISGS members can view the archived webinars. ISGS membership is $35/year.

Wisconsin State Genealogical Society

The Wisconsin State Genealogical Society will be releasing its 2015 webinar schedule soon. The webinars are held the third Tuesday of the month at 8 p.m. ET and are free to live viewers and handouts are included. After the live webinar, only WSGS members can view the archived webinars. WSGS membership is $30/year.

FamilyTreeDNA

FamilyTreeDNA hosts a variety of webinars on various DNA topics. Topics are not announced very far in advance of the scheduled date. The webinars are free to view, live or archived. There are no handouts.

FamilySearch

This year, the Family History Library (FHL) in Salt Lake City, Utah, began broadcasting the genealogy classes held in the library. Information about these free webinars are located at the FHL's page on FamilySearch. Classes through April 2015 have been listed but check back occasionally because sometimes additional webinars are added. Most of these webinars include handouts. And they are supposed to be recorded and archived in the FamilySearch Learning Center.

The societies and company listed above are not the only online webinar opportunities out there.

GeneaWebinars is a blog that hosts a calendar specializing in keeping track of the numerous genealogy webinars being held. About 35 organizers/hosts list their webinars in the calendar. Organizers/Hosts use a variety of webinar delivery systems from GoToWebinar to Google Hangouts to Twitter. Most entries have links taking you to the registration page for that webinar or the website of the host.

So if you want to learn something new or review a specific topic, there is likely a webinar out there for you. But you might have to find some patience if the webinar is not scheduled until later in the year.

Have fun learning.

See you soon at the Mt. Clemens Public Library!

LE


Tuesday, December 16, 2014

A New Season of "Who Do You Think You Are?" is Coming in February 2015

The new season of Who Do You Think You Are? is set to premiere on Tuesday, February 24, 2015 on The Learning Channel (TLC) at 10 p.m. There will be eight new hour-long episodes.

So who is on Who?

Four of the eight celebrities have been identified.
  • Julie Chen
  • Angie Harmon
  • Sean Hayes 
  • Bill Paxton

If you missed last season, you can catch some of it at the show's website.

Mark your calendars so you do not forget to watch.

See you soon at the Mt. Clemens Public Library!

LE

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Get Ready for Our Annual Holiday Party/Pot-luck this Friday

After tonight's Let's Talk...Genealogy meeting it is time to get ready for our holiday party.

Friday, December 12th at 12:00 p.m. (noon) is our Annual Holiday Party and Pot-luck at the Mount Clemens Public Library. It is a joint meeting of the Macomb County Genealogy Group Friday group and the Let's Talk...Genealogy Wednesday group.

Bring a dish (home-made or store-bought) to share and come have some fun. (Remember this meeting starts at noon rather than our usual 1 p.m. start time.)

Please email Ann at the MCGG email (see our contact page) if you plan on attending so we know approximately how many tables to set up. But if you don't know until the last moment, come anyway.

Again this year, just for fun, we are going to have a White Elephant Auction. Look around your house and if you find something that you don't want (but someone else might) wrap it up and bring it. Oh, and bring a few dollars so you can bid on an "elephant" and raise some money for the genealogy room equipment. Bidding opens at 50 cents.

See you soon at the Mt. Clemens Public Library!

LE

Friday, December 5, 2014

This Wednesday's Let's Talk...Genelaogy meeting topic is What Have You Learned This Year?

This Wednesday, December 10, at 7 p.m. in the Genealogy/Local History Room of the Mount Clemens Public Library is MCGG's Let's Talk...Genealogy meeting. The discussion topic of the night is What Have You Learned This Year? 

Let's discuss and share what we have learned in genealogy or history this past year. We'll give everyone a turn. 

See you soon at the Mt. Clemens Public Library!

 LE

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Today Ancestry.com Released New Holiday Sale Prices for 2014

The Black Friday through Cyber Monday sale ended just over two hours ago. Today, Ancestry.com announced its holiday sale for the remainder of the season.

The length of the sale depends on the item.

AncestryDNA tests are now $89 which is 10 percent off the regular price of $99. The test is on sale until 6:59 p.m. EST Sunday, Dec. 21.

There is a code for free shipping on DNA tests but out on the internet people have been reporting that the code did not work every time with the Black Friday through Cyber Monday sale. It seemed to not always work when purchasing a single test but would work when purchasing multiple tests. Despite this recent "problem", it is worth a shot at saving the $9.95 shipping cost by entering the coupon code to see if you can get free DNA shipping on AncestryDNA tests. The code is FREESHIPDNA which was supposed to be valid until April 1, 2015. (The code is listed on RetailMeNot but you do not have to go to that website to get the code. It is as you see above, all capital letters with no spaces.)

Ancestry has also discounted Ancestry Gift Memberships by 10 percent and Family Tree Maker software by 25 percent. See this Ancestry Gifts page for details. Note: if you want the software on CD/DVD there is an added shipping cost which is $5 for our area. Shipping costs vary by location. These particular items are on sale until 11:59 p.m. EST Friday, Dec. 26.

Be careful not to get lost in the various Ancestry.com "store" and "gift" pages. Not all of the pages consistently show the sale prices. Some just show and charge the regular prices. So be sure you are on the holiday Give A Gift page so you get the sale price. 

As you can see, Ancestry.com's holiday sale is not quite as good as its short after Thanksgiving sale. But sometimes a little savings is better than none.

See you soon at the Mt Clemens Public Library!

LE

Saturday, November 29, 2014

Another Genealogy Holiday Sale -- Extended Until Tonight, Sat. Nov. 29

Legacy Family Tree held its first Black Friday Sale yesterday. The response was good so Legacy has extended that sale until 11:59 p.m. MT tonight (Saturday, November 29.) That's 1:59 a.m. EST.

The sale is 50 percent off various Legacy Family Tree 8.0 Deluxe software bundles. Legacy has set up a special Black Friday Sale catalog page for the sale. Even though the page's text has not been updated, I was alerted via email that the sale was extended to Saturday.

Legacy Family Tree software has "two versions" built inside its genealogy software. The standard version is free. Just supply an email and download the software to start using it. The deluxe version is a pay version which gets you a code that unlocks many more features of the software.

Here are the bundles that are on sale. (Note: If you make a purchase do not select the upgrade pricing link as it will take you to the catalog entry that costs more than this special pricing. So just click the add to cart for the bundle version you desire.)

For items that require shipping, the shipping and handling cost at Legacy is a flat $7.00 rate.

Legacy 8.0 Deluxe Bundle
Software CD and a printed user-guide manual shipped to you along with via download the software and a PDF user-guide manual for no-wait use, Legacy Deluxe Charting software (installed/unlocked with deluxe purchase) and Legacy for Beginners training video which is on the software CD
Black Friday Sale $19.98 regularly $39.95

Legacy 8.0 Deluxe Download Bundle
Software and a PDF user-guide manual via download only, Legacy Deluxe Charting software (installed/unlocked with deluxe purchase)
Black Friday Sale $17.48 regularly $34.95

Legacy 8.0 Deluxe Download
Software only via download, Legacy Deluxe Charting software (installed/unlocked with deluxe purchase)
Black Friday Sale $14.95 regularly $29.95

Legacy Family Tree -- Unlocked! book by Geoff Rasmussen
Printed book shipped to you plus the PDF version of the book via download
Black Friday Sale $14.95 regularly $19.95

See you soon at the Mt Clemens Public Library!

LE

Friday, November 28, 2014

AncestryDNA Tests are on Sale -- Black Friday through Cyber Monday ONLY!

Finally, Ancestry.com announced a holiday sale on AncestryDNA tests. But it is a short one.  

The sale runs from today, Black Friday Nov. 28, through Cyber Monday, Dec. 1 at 11:59 p.m. EST.

What's the sale? AncestryDNA tests are now $79 which is 20 percent off the regular price of $99.

Remember, you can get free DNA shipping on AncestryDNA tests by using the code FREESHIPDNA which is valid until April 1, 2015. (The code is listed on RetailMeNot but you do not have to go to that website to get the code. It is as you see above, all capital letters with no spaces.)

For this short sale, Ancestry has also discounted Ancestry Gift Memberships by 20 percent and Family Tree Maker software by 40 percent. See this Ancestry Gifts page for details. Note: if you want the software on cd/dvd there is an added shipping cost which is $5 for our area. Shipping costs vary by location.

See you soon at the Mt Clemens Public Library!

LE